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Guide for First Time Mothers: Differentiating Between Gynecologists and Obstetricians

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Are you a proud, pregnant mom-to-be? Choosing the right doctor can make a difference in the quality of care you need. Many healthcare teams include a family physician, a midwife, a nurse, an obstetrician, and a gynecologist.

Picking a practitioner

Perhaps you have already consulted with a doctor who is an obstetrician and gynecologist, or OB/GYN. Have you ever wondered about the two specialties, and how they differ? Knowing the difference can help you make the right decision.

Now that you have clarity about what you want in your pregnancy and how you hope the birth experience to be, it is time to learn in more detail about obstetrics and gynecology in Provo.

Questions to answer

You may be excited and looking forward to your first delivery. But pregnancy is a time to make sure that your own health is as good as it can be to ensure the health of your baby and avoid complications. In terms of delivery, are you eligible for a natural birth, or is another method preferable?

These are questions you may already have an answer to. Now, let us discuss a differentiation that is important and relevant from the moment you decide to conceive or learn you are pregnant.

The Gynecologist

A gynecologist is a licensed physician whose specialty is in the medical care of women. They can treat women who are pregnant, but also women who are not pregnant and require medical advice and assistance about issues concerning their ovaries, uterus, and vagina.

They perform tests such as pap smear and mammograms. They also treat diseases of the reproductive system, including various forms of cancer.

The Obstetrician

In the meantime, an obstetrician is a licensed physician who performs surgical procedures in the care of women during pregnancy and childbirth. They are also involved in the delivery of children, and in post-natal care.

These doctors perform ultrasound examinations on pregnant women. They are not directly involved in treating medical conditions, but deal with their complications, as well as complications of childbirth.

Many doctors study both specializations together, although one may opt to specialize in just one area. What kind of medical specialist do you need on to help you through the pregnancy?

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